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President Obama’s Year-End News Conference Features ‘Naughty or Nice’ List

ObamaPresident Obama’s year-end news conference comes on the heels of an action-packed news week, including a breakthrough with Cuba and elevated tension with North Korea.

As usual, all of the cable news networks have been fixated on the news conference. MSNBC is airing a special report with Chris Matthews.

NBC News will provide a Special Report with Chuck Todd and Senior White House Correspondent Chris Jansing providing insight from D.C. Over on CBS,  Anthony Mason is anchoring from New York with Major Garrett at the White House and Bob Schieffer in Washington.

On ABC, George Stephanopoulos leads a special report from New York and Jonathan Karl report from the White House with Pierre Thomas from Washington. We will provide information on the coverage by other networks as we receive it.

After an opening statement, President Obama revealed that his “naughty or nice” list will determine who gets to ask questions.

The first question went to Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico, who asked about cyber attacks.

President Obama made it clear he isn’t happy with Sony pulling “The Interview” and said the United States “will respond” to North Korea. He also joked about Seth Rogen and James “Flacco.” Obama went on to ask Budoff Brown about her upcoming move to Europe.

The second question goes to Cheryl Bolen of Bloomberg. Up third, Julie Pace from the AP asked about Cuba and whether or not North Korea was acting with another country. The fourth question goes to Lesley Clark of McClatchy Newspapers. ”World news Tonight” anchor David Muir just received a shout out from the president.

The fifth question goes to Roberta Rampton of Reuters. Colleen McCain Nelson was up next, asking about executive actions. Juliet Eilperin gets the next question, asking about the Keystone pipeline. April Ryan of Urban Radio Networks gets the last question, asking about the “state of black America.”

It appears only women will be allowed to ask questions, forcing us to assume that all the male reporters in D.C. were “naughty” in Obama’s eyes.

Time political reporter Zeke Miller sent the following Tweet regarding the all-women presser.


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Sunday Show Ratings: December 7

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” fell behind ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulosin both total viewers the key A25-54 demo for the first time this season on Sunday, Dec. 7.

“This Week” saw increases in both categories compared to the same week last year, up +1% in viewers and +17% in the demo. “Face the Nation” was down -14% in viewers and -15% in the demo. “Meet the Press” also had substantial growth, up +20% in viewers and +18% in the demo from a year ago, to deliver the highest numbers since Chuck Todd took over in September.

“This Week” is leading NBC’s “Meet the Press” by its largest margins during a season in 18 years in viewers (+149,000) and in 22 years in the demo (+115,000)– since the 1996-97 and the 1992-93 seasons, respectively. Stephanopoulos spoke with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday’s episode.

“Fox News Sunday” was up slightly in viewers but down -6% in the demo, while combining with cable replays for 3.5 million viewers. Replays on FNC averaged a combined 2.030,000 total viewers and 388,000 in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for December 7:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Face the Nation” 3.13M 881,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.87M 888,000
“This Week” 3.14M 1.010M
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.46M 448,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 618,000 274,000

TV News Goes All In on Torture Report Coverage

BrennanCIAThe Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on CIA torture practices has been dominating news media since it was released. On the heels of massive cable and evening news coverage Tuesday, the reporting isn’t slowing down on the 525 page public summation of the still-confidential 6,000 page report.

CIA Director John Brennan’s news conference was live on all the cable news channels this afternoon. NBC even aired a special report anchored by Lester Holt.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is making the rounds. On FNC’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Cheney called the report “full of crap,” and a “terrible piece of work.” Cheney will join Chuck Todd in-studio on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

An interesting tidbit about Brennan’s presser is that cameras didn’t show which reporters were asking questions because clandestine members of the CIA were in attendance.

Sunday Show Ratings: November 30

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” was first among Sunday shows in viewers and in the A25-54 demo on Sunday, Nov. 30.

Compared to the same week last year CBS also showed the most growth: up +15% in viewers and up +57% in the demo. NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” was second in both viewers and the demo. MTP was up +12% in the demo, and flat in viewers. ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” was up +4% in the demo, but down -2% in viewers. “FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace” also saw double digit growth in both measurements: +15% in viewers and +26% in the demo. Univision’s “Al Punto” also saw year-over-year growth: up +2% in viewers and up +36% in the demo.

Replays of “Fox News Sunday” on FNC averaged a combined 1,781,000 total viewers and 280,000 in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for November 30:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Face the Nation” 3.388M 1.145M
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.799M 806,000
“This Week” 2.636M 769,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.388M 456,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 757,000 417,000

Malia Obama on Chuck Todd’s The Stranger: ‘Looks Like a Sad Book’

ObamasPoliticsThe First Family took part in Small Business Saturday by heading out to Washington, D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose. As Pres. Obama, accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha, checked out, he noticed a book about him. The New York Times reports:

Mr. Obama spotted a new book behind the register, “The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House,” by Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The president noted that he looked “lonely” on the cover, and Malia asked, “How is he already writing a book?” With a smile, Malia added that her father looked sad on the cover. “Looks like a sad book,” she said teasingly, in a typical family exchange not often seen from the Obamas in public.

Rick Perry to Chuck Todd: ‘You Will Probably Not Be Invited’ to Moderate a Pres. Debate

ChuckToddRGA “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd found himself between two ferns and several Republican governors at their annual confab in Boca Raton Wednesday.

The New York Times reports Todd spent 28 minutes of the one-hour session talking about immigration, much to the ire of two governors and the gathered crowd.

“We have an hour,” said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. “We’ve now spent 30 minutes talking about the president breaking the law.”

The crowd here at the annual meeting of the Republican Governors Association erupted in applause.

Gov. Rick Perry of Texas issued his own form of rebuke to Mr. Todd for focusing on the issue.

“Here’s what I’m thinking: You will probably not be invited to do a moderation for a presidential debate,” he declared to laughter.

(h/t Playbook / Photo: @The_Rga)

Chuck Todd: MSNBC ‘At Night’ Has ‘Liberal Perspective,’ But Fox Is ‘More Campaign-y’

NBC’s Chuck Todd tried to draw a distinction between Fox News and MSNBC, suggesting both tilted politically in prime time, but played the news straight during the day. The difference, Todd said in an interview with Huff Post Live, is that Fox–due to the influence of Roger Ailes–is more

“I think it’s a little bit different because, look, I’ve always thought the Roger Ailes political past… because he actually worked as an operative, [Fox] always feels a little more campaign-y than what gets accused on the MSNBC side. I certainly think at night there’s certainly a liberal perspective [and] a conservative perspective. I think in the daytime both channels would argue that there’s a lot more straight forward reporting.”

Who’s Gonna Win? Who’s Gonna Lose? And Who Cares?

Chuck Todd was on “Colbert Report” last night, pushing his new book “The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House,” and teeing up today’s midterm elections. “I think it could take until January,” Todd says of the final results. “We’ll have runoffs in Louisiana. And a runoff in Georgia in January.”

“Chuck, if I have to keep talking about the midterms after tomorrow night, I will go to Maine and start making out with that nurse.”

The Evening Ticker: Vieira, Díaz-Balart, Arrarás

  • Meredith Vieira‘s syndicated show has been picked up for a second season on the NBC Owned Television Stations. The show, which debuted just last month and currently airs in 98% of the country, is produced by NBCU at 30 Rock.

  • José Díaz-Balart is adding another hour to his MSNBC day. The Telemundo anchor will take over the 9amET slot left vacant when Chuck Todd moved to “Meet the Press.” Díaz-Balart currently anchors the 10am hour. The 2-hour “Morning Rundown” debuts Nov. 17 at 9amET.

  • Telemundo’s late afternoon news and entertainment program “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste” is moving from 5pm to 4pm on Monday. The re-tooled show will include special “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” segments, on-screen reunions and investigative reports.

Maddow, Matthews to Host MSNBC’s Election Night Coverage


MSNBC will turn to Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews to host coverage of the midterm elections, under the title “Vote 2014!” Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET.

Maddow and Matthews will be joined by Steve Kornacki, Chuck Todd, Jose Diaz-Balart, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell, Reverend Al Sharpton, and Kasie Hunt. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will handle exit poll results throughout the evening.

Beginning at 10 p.m., Ari Melber and Krystal Ball will co-host’s “Digital Decision 2014″, with reporting from correspondents in the key battleground states, and live interaction with viewers.